Advent calendars are one of my favourite things about the festive season. I adore getting up in the morning and opening one of those little doors to find a treat waiting for me. As I’ve gotten older, a £1 chocolate advent calendar isn’t really cutting it the way it used to. I’m always looking for something different and unique, so when I was asked to try Adagio Tea advent calendar, I was super excited to see what I would get and gratefully accepted. I did receive this unique advent calendar as a gift but all opinions are my own as always.
What Is In This Tea Advent Calendar?
Let’s take a look at what you get first. I’ve tried foodie advent calendars but this is the first time I’ve tried a tea calendar. It comes packaged as a fold-out box, opening into two halves like a huge book. I really liked the gender neutral navy packaging with gold coloured font. It looks really classy and elegant and the first thing I thought when I unboxed it was that this would be great for men and for women alike. It’s also got an aesthetic that’s neither too young nor too old, so I think it would appeal to a wide variety of people.
Inside there’s obviously the standard 24 doors, which I like. I don’t enjoy when advent calendars try to make it up to 25 days or 31 days so I was pleased to see 24 doors. The other thing I liked was that on some of the doors they have Merry Christmas in different languages, like Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad and then there’s some asiatic characters too, although my language skills aren’t good enough to know which languages they are! It’s also adorned with the usual images of snowflakes, Christmas trees and baubles, giving it a really festive feel.
I was a bit naughty and decided to have a peek behind the doors so I can tell you what you’re getting. I didn’t open them, I just unstuck the packaging at either end so I could pull the teas out. I basically wanted to see how many flavours you get because I couldn’t find any information about that on the box. The great news is… there’s 24 different flavours! No duplicates, which is excellent and there’s a mix of festive flavours and cool Christmas blends. I’ve listed a small selection of the different kinds you get below.
- Pumpkin Spice
- Pomegranate Grove
- White Pear
- Candy Cane
- Yuletide Toddy
- Black Forest Cake
What’s good about this?
In my opinion, this is one of the best advent calendars for adults, for the following reasons. Firstly, the fact that you get 24 different treats. That’s a huge thing for me because I hate duplicates and always feel a bit cheated if I get the same thing four times over. Secondly, I think it’s really reasonably priced at £24. If you were to go into a coffee shop or tea shop and buy a speciality festive tea, you would pay much more than £1 for each cup. Finally, what I like most about this is the fact that most of the flavours included are really festive and Christmassy.
What’s not so good about this?
So far, I don’t have any complaints about this advent calendar. It looks good, you know you’re getting a high quality tea because it’s Adagio and there’s really no down side. Obviously, there’s 24 different flavours, so I expect that there will be at least one that won’t suit me. That’s to be expected because nobody’s going to like everything, but until I try them out in December, I really can’t see any negatives.
If I was going to be really picky, I think I’d like the ingredients listed on the back of the calendar. As it is, they offer the chance to see ingredients via a QR code on the back. While this is very modern and a compact way to get the ingredients on there without actually having loads of text, it does feel like a bit of a hassle. I’d rather just look at the text without having to get my phone or tablet out and look it up. Also, it takes you to their website, which I suppose they hope will lead to more purchases? Nice marketing tactic.
Other thoughts about this tea advent calendar?
It’s also worth mentioning that when I opened the back of it to look at the teas, I noticed that all the packaging was cardboard, so it gets two thumbs up in terms of sustainability as well.
There are two different types of calendar you can buy. One is loose leaf tea and the other is tea bags. They’re both the same price, so it’s really down to your personal preference.
Regular readers to my blog will know that I’m really keen on foods and drinks that tick a lot of the inclusivity boxes, like being allergy friendly or sugar free. So, I’m pleased to say that the teas in here are all sugar free, vegan friendly, gluten free, dairy free and nut free.
If you think this sounds like a cool advent calendar that you would like to try then I’ve popped the link below. Head over to the Adagio website and have a look. At the time of writing this, all the reviews I’ve read are really positive, so you know it’s not just me who thinks this is a great little treat for December. As stated before, it costs £24 for both the tea bag version and the loose leaf version and you can also sign up for a reminder email on their website if you think that it’s a little too early to be preparing for Christmas. But trust me, it’s never too early to get ahead and start your Christmas shopping, especially if it’s a present for yourself!